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Health, Safety, and Environment
Visit the Health,
Safety, & Environment website.
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course
options and dates.
Keep Biosafety Cabinet Certifications Current
As productivity in research areas continues to progress, it
is important that engineering controls and safety equipment are operated
according to manufacturer specifications. Before using a biological
safety cabinet (BSC) in the lab, make sure that you confirm its current
certification date and proper functionality. Properly maintained biological
safety cabinets (BSCs) provide an effective containment for the safe
manipulation of potentially infectious agents, thus protecting the worker
and the environment. Use of good microbiological techniques also helps
protect the product being manipulated within the BSC from contamination.
It is the policy of Johns Hopkins to periodically
test and certify (at least annually) the performance of all biological
safety cabinets and other laminar air flow equipment. Only the parties
designated by the Biosafety Office in Health, Safety, and Environment
shall service BSCs at The Johns Hopkins Institutions. Only biological
safety cabinets listed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) as
compliant with NSF/ANSI Standard 49 (Class II Laminar Flow Biohazard
Cabinetry) shall be purchased. A list of manufacturers and models is
available on the NSF website:
Arrangements for performance testing, certifications,
and integrity confirmations may be initiated by contacting the biosafety
Office at Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) at 410-955-5918.
If you have questions regarding BSC Certifications
and maintenance please contact Health Safety and Environment (HSEInfo@jhmi.edu).
For more information regarding the various Johns
Hopkins Safety policies please visit the below link: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html.
BioRAFT Chemical Registry
Principal Investigators, please remember to complete the initial
lab registration in BioRAFT. BioRAFT is an online, 24/7 accessible,
software package that is being deployed to serve as the chemical registry
for laboratory spaces located on the campuses of Johns Hopkins. Completion
of the lab registration in BioRAFT will be reviewed as part of the annual
departmental safety survey.
To access BioRAFT, please go to: https://jhu.bioraft.com.
After logging in using your JHED ID, the General Setup Wizard will guide
you through the lab set-up.
We greatly appreciate your assistance with this project
Johns Hopkins 2020-21 Flu Campaign
Schedules & Locations | Walgreens
& Exceptions | Policy
Flu vaccine for Johns
Hopkins employees is here! The inactivated influenza vaccine (injectable)
will be administered to Hopkins employees beginning September 21,
2020. (Please see locations & schedules below).
The Johns Hopkins Institutions
require health care providers to have annual influenza vaccination or
possess an approved qualified
exception. Please review the
Mandatory Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Policy (HSE048) for more
The Influenza vaccine
will be administered to Physicians, Faculty, Staff, Employees, Students
and Volunteers by Occupational Health Services as listed below.
Johns Hopkins will
be partnering with Walgreens during the 2020-21 flu season. Walgreens
pharmacists will be giving our employees the flu vaccine, both on-site
and at all
Walgreens retail locations. Both of these options will begin on
Monday, September 21, 2020.
- Onsite Vaccinations - To comply with
physical distancing guidelines, you must make an appointment to receive
your flu vaccine.
- Walgreens Vaccinations - You must either
print out a voucher (JHED ID & PW required) or display
the voucher on
your phone at the time of service to receive the vaccine at Walgreens.
Please note, use Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser to open voucher.
No appointments necessary, walk-ins available. If vaccinated with
a voucher, you do not need to submit proof of vaccination. If vaccinated
at Walgreens without a voucher (i.e. using insurance), proof of immunization
must be provided to Occupational Health Services to receive credit
for the vaccination.
- Onsite & Walgreens Vaccinations
- To help expedite your visit, please fill out the vaccination
form prior to your appointment, have a valid Hopkins ID/badge
and bring both with you.
- Vaccinated Outside - If vaccinated
outside (i.e. Primary Care, CVS, Safeway, etc.) of Johns Hopkins,
a proof of immunization must be provided to Occupational Health Services
to receive credit for the vaccination.
- Vaccinated Outside - For the East Baltimore
Flu Clips are available at the Employee Health and Wellness Clinic
(EHWC) located in the Phipps Building, 3rd floor, Monday - Friday,
8am-3pm. For all other campuses, please call or email your Occupational
Health Services office for flu clip locations. You must provide proof
of receiving your vaccine or already used the self-submit online tool.
If you received your vaccine at Walgreens, please wait until you receive
the email confirmation or bring your receipt from the store.
Have questions about
the mandatory flu vaccination policy? Read
Hopkins Onsite Vaccination Schedules
Dual Use Research
of Concern (DURC) policies:
The United States Government's Policy for Institutional Oversight of
Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) went into effect on
September 24, 2015. DURC is defined by the federal government as:
that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated
to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that
could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad
potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops
and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel,
or national security."
In the federal policy's
current form, there are 15 agents (microbial entities and toxins) that
fall under institutional DURC oversight. The current list of 15 agents
as well as a list of 7 categories of experiments or experimental effects
that would constitute DURC may be found at this website: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/ire/regulations.html.
Questions regarding DURC should be directed to the Biosafety
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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